Thomas Frank

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Thomas Frank
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Frank at the 2010 Texas Book Festival
Born Thomas Carr Frank
(1965-03-21) March 21, 1965 (age 52)
Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Kansas, University of Virginia, University of Chicago
Occupation Political analyst, columnist, historian, journalist
Known for Co-founder of The Baffler, culture war author
Notable work What's the Matter with Kansas?

Thomas Carr Frank (born March 21, 1965) is an American political analyst, historian, journalist, and columnist for Harper's Magazine. He wrote "The Tilting Yard" column in the Wall Street Journal from 2008 to 2010, and he co-founded and edited The Baffler. He has written several books, most notably What's the Matter with Kansas? (2004) and Listen, Liberal (2016).

Frank is a historian of culture and ideas. He analyzes trends in American electoral politics and propaganda, advertising, popular culture, mainstream journalism, and economics. His topics include the rhetoric and impact of culture wars in American political life and the relationship between politics and culture in the United States.


Frank was originally a College Republican,[1] but he has come to be highly critical of conservatism, especially the presidency of George W. Bush. Frank summarized the thesis of his book The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule as "Bad government is the natural product of rule by those who believe government is bad."[2]

Frank's other writings include essays for Harper's Magazine, Le Monde diplomatique, Bookforum, and the Financial Times. His book What's the Matter with Kansas?, published in 2004, earned him nationwide and international recognition.

Since December 2010, Frank has written the monthly "Easy Chair" column for Harper's Magazine, alternating bi-monthly with Rebecca Solnit.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Frank was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1965. He grew up in a local suburb, Mission Hills, Kansas. Frank graduated from Shawnee Mission East High School. He later attended the University of Kansas. He also attended the University of Virginia and the University of Chicago, where he received a doctorate in history in 1994. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and children.



Essays and reporting[edit]

  • Frank, Thomas (November 2012). "All the rage". Easy Chair. Harper's. 325 (1950): 6, 8–9. 

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Bill Moyers interviews Thomas Frank". PBS. August 1, 2008. Retrieved August 3, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-08-19. Retrieved 2010-08-06. 

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